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I haven't built a computer since 2003, mostly due to the fact that I was in the Navy for about 8 and a half years. I really never could find the time, nor stay in one place. Now that I'm back living a civilian life, it's time to build a machine right for my needs.

Enter The Predator Workstation.

I am a professional photographer working for law enforcement on a daily but I have multiple media projects varying from large to small productions on the side. They tend to involve photography, filmmaking, or both. I needed something beefy to handle 4k video deliverables on Premiere/After Effects as well as handling multilayered images in Photoshop.

CPU: Intel i7-5820k Processor - With its 6-core setup, this handled pretty much all my processing needs. Powerful yet not breaking the bank.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i GTX - Due to the fact that overclocking my CPU was going to be a thing I wanted to do, it made sense to go Liquid Cooling. Newegg also had a great deal when I bought it! I was worried I didn't set this thing up right but after seeing the Link Software, I'm glad I got everything put together as it should be. Make sure you have enough room in your case for this badboy!

Motherboard: MSI X99A Raider - I knew I wanted an X99 setup from the start. It just made sense to me. The X99A Raider was a perfect choice due to it's value. Under $200 and performing just as well as its more pricey counter parts. I just wish there was another USB 2.0 header for my case. The cooler took the only one that came with it. However, I see myself using the two USB 3.0 slots more anyways...

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V - My first venture to DDR4 and there are many choices! I figured I'd go with something more current and get the 3200 version instead of the 2400 ones. Just a small future proof side of things. I also plan on adding 2 more 8GB sticks in the near future.

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB - Originally I wanted everything in one drive and just go off of external hard drives for projects. Now it looks like I'm going to need more of these badboys. I want to get at least 2 more SSDs (maybe both 1TB) and get one 4TB 5400 6Gb/s for exported projects. Oh and the speed? Amazingly fast. I've never used a SSD before!

Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 - Almost a no brainer when it comes to upgrading to the latest tech. The reason why I didn't get a 1080 was because I didn't see the need for what I was going to do. 8GB of GDDR5 was enough to render anything I threw at my projects (well I shouldn't say anything, hah). The build quality and performance of this card has blown me away. Also, thanks to the new Adobe Premiere update and this card, I'm able to edit my RED Raven camera R3Ds natively. A big plus for my type of work. Oh and I can still play all my favorite games at Ultra and Extreme!

Case: NZXT H440 Razer Edition - I have to admit that the hardest decision to make was to figure out what case I wanted to put all this into. I looked at so many! It really boiled down to the Fractal Design R5 or this H440 build. I think what pushed me was all the light accents (green!) and the fact that it comes with 4 fans!

Monitor: Acer Predator X34 - An amazing monitor with a hefty price tag! Paired with G-Sync, this lets me casually play my favorite games in EPIC proportions. The size and quality also help A LOT while editing photos and videos. I just have a lot more real estate when it comes to multitasking and field of view. A bit overkill, but I had to splurge somewhere =)

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  • 47 months ago
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workstation and gaming this is great +1

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks, nakaman! I do love this setup a lot.

  • 47 months ago
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what keyboard is that?

  • 47 months ago
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MechanicalEagle Z-77 RGB Backlit 104 Keys Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches - Black

Bought it off Amazon. It's amazing for $70.

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  • 47 months ago
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I second Jacoby..Name of keyboard?

  • 47 months ago
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MechanicalEagle Z-77 RGB Backlit 104 Keys Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches - Black

Bought it off Amazon. It's amazing for $70.

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  • 47 months ago
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Ah I see now. That one is basically the same thing just without all the RGB lighting. It appears to only have a backlight of blue. This is the exact one I have:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QeEWZ0kpgA

It's definitely a rebrand of the E-Element RGB Keyboard as it looks and performs EXACTLY like it. Hell, tons of other people rebranded it haha.

  • 47 months ago
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I find your lack of mousepad space... disturbing

  • 47 months ago
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Ahh! Yeah I don't have room for an elongated one but I find myself not really going too "far" from the center of pad. But I do have a tablet if I need something more... Editing that is.

  • 47 months ago
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Wao Man! Really nice i liked it

  • 47 months ago
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Hey thanks! It was fun building it.

  • 47 months ago
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Love your build, especily cause of the screen as I am in love with it too! :D +1

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks, Deadtool! The screen sure is lovely! My wallet hurts but it's sooooo worth it. G-Sync on an Ultrawide? Nuts.

  • 47 months ago
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Nice build definitely buy 2 more stick. With 2 Memory sticks your only running in Dual-Channel mode VS Quad-Channel, kind of defeats the purpose. But when you do you'll notice the difference ! Launch CPU-Z it will say it under memory. As for SSDs try an NVME SSD there even more faster !! But really nice build !! +1

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks! Definitely a great plan of action! I'll work on it once more funds come in @_@

  • 47 months ago
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+1 for the photo quality. Nice setup mate.

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
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Very nice setup, that predator monitor is beautiful. Could you possibly take a few more pics of the PC if possible?

  • 47 months ago
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I'll see what I can do after work. Any particular part?

  • 47 months ago
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Maybe just a few straight pictures of the whole inside.

  • 47 months ago
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It was rough but I was able to pull off one shot. I uploaded it in the photos section. I hope it helps you out. Cheers!

  • 47 months ago
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It does help, thank you.

  • 47 months ago
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Great build overall, I especially love that monitor so beautiful! Also what mouse is that it looks sick!

  • 47 months ago
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Thanks, InvaderGir! The monitor really is a sight to behold. It's one thing seeing it at a store or on a YouTube video and another ACTUALLY gaming on it from home.

  • 47 months ago
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oh and this is my mouse:

Xsoul XM8 Predator Gaming Mouse. I found it on Amazon.

Cheers!

  • 47 months ago
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Excellent rig! Very beautiful. Love your open, clean, spacious living room as well; and your leather furniture.

I gotta ask though, what USP is that? I've been looking at getting one myself, and I only have a 650W PSU, so I'm not really sure what I need. I see you have an 850, so I figure whatever you're using will suit my build as well.

  • 47 months ago
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If I had the money, I'd buy this setup in a heartbeat. The darkness in the case with just the light from the 1070 really makes it stand out to me. The monitor also adds so much space for tasks, the only thing left is to get an overhead monitor for even more space! :D

  • 46 months ago
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Thanks for the feedback! The 1070 makes quite an impression with the lights _^

  • 46 months ago
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What did you do in the navy? Potential academy mid here

  • 46 months ago
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Does X34 play nicely with the 1070 with its high Resolution?

  • 46 months ago
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Yup yup, I've had no problems with it! It feels as if the card was meant for the monitor.

  • 46 months ago
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Kickin' rad monitor bro. Also the keyboard is pretty nice. Random question, where did you buy those nice couches?

  • 46 months ago
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Craigslist, both for $100! The guy's daughter upgraded her living room and wanted to get rid of these. There are gems out there for little to nothing!

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  • 47 months ago
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Thanks for the feedback!

  • 47 months ago
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Well if you feel you wasted the cash I guess I can take it off your hands...

Also you could grab a cheap USB 3.0>2.0 adapter for the case USB's. I know they make them to from a 2.0 board header to 3.0 ports but I'm sure someone has the reverse.

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  • 47 months ago
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Oops, you're right! I'll correct it right away

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  • 47 months ago
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Deng, where do I begin? Haha

This setup is actually in my house. It's in a "lounge" setting my wife and I built. My old computer than migrated to our bedroom. There is actually an extension to this, a mini studio to put it bluntly (not finished yet). Originally, this whole setup was in a spare bedroom. I just didn't like the carpeted floor and this area just has more room. Plus I can invite family/friends/clients to hang out before showing them some epic stuff on the computer.

The Predator X34 isn't as curved as the other models. Now that you mention it, I barely even notice anything is askew. I guess if I really am nit picky or have a major client for a product shoot... then I'll bounce imy project off different monitors to make sure everything is "straight". I really don't see it as an issue though. Like I said, I don't notice it at all. I've seen those videos a lot too, hah! It was great research in choosing this one.

I added some photos of what it looks like behind the desk. Very minimal. I did the best I could with velcro and a couple of those sandwich tie down thingys x_x' They all plug into a UPS that I won from a Newegg Counter-Strike tournament.

I've been coding websites since 1996 and have a pretty good background in web design. However, I do not take FULL credit for my website. It is, however, a wordpress theme customized to the wazoo! I spent many hours perfecting how everything looks and am glad of the final results. Thanks for the feedback on it!

My logo is a face of an alien? Eh, a helmet aspired from a Stormtrooper?? Honestly, I don't really know. I just made it when I was deployed to the middle east back in 2010. It looked great, so I turned it into my logo!

Lastly, I work for the Crime Lab and take/manage photos of crime scenes and evidence. I also do the not so exciting things such as take photos of graduations and other high visible events. I'm blessed to have this job but I can honestly say that I busted my *** off to get it =)

Thanks for the lengthy comment and I do try my best to reply back. Like almost anything, my build is on going. It never ends! x_x

  • 47 months ago
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They all plug into a UPS that I won from a Newegg Counter-Strike tournament.

Do you by any chance live around the LA area?

  • 47 months ago
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Yup yup. Maybe 15-20 mins away from Newegg

  • 47 months ago
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I figured :P I'm not too far myself, I'd really like to see your setup tho